HYB:101: ( was Best of the best)
In a message dated 6/20/2005 6:00:49 P.M. Central Standard Time,
Can someone suggest
SDBs that have some branching?
Kathy and any interested beginners,
I can't advise you much on SDBs. I grow some, but not enough to be an
My main focus is on rebloomers, and mainly TB's within that class. I'm not
big on space age appendages or splotchy colors! Although, I've had two with
splotchy seedlings, one the child of the other, show up in my purple plicata
line . . . and I really like both. LOL!
Have you checked out the AWARDS section of the AIS website? The AM list and
the Symposium results should tell you what many people are growing and
preferring. If you receive the AIS Bulletin, you might also check out the list of
EC's in the show reports each year, for future possible introductions.
If you're going for the $50 dollar irises as recommended, you have a lot of
good choices. There are many websites that carry the new varieties. Again,
go to the AIS website and the commercial links. (link below my name)
If you are going to put that much time and energy into collecting and
breeding you need a good research foundation. Buy all of the R & I's
(Registrations & Introductions), The World of Irises, etc., (AIS Storefront/AIS Website) &
subscribe to the online iris register. The World of Iris is a bit out dated
but the basic information is there.
Collect as many catalogs as you can. (for reading) Hybridizers often tell
you which irises are good breeders for them.
Nothing beats research. (my opinion) There are many smaller hybridizers
doing some really good work. The latest R & I will tell you who is registering
irises & what is being introduced. As you read the R &I you will develop an
idea of what varieties are working for people. Visit the archives of both
the iris photos and iris talk. You can spend a long winter there.
Right now, hybridizers are using a lot of Dykes Medal winners & many are
using the newest introductions. I'm not going to list the hybridizers because
I'm sure to forget someone and that wouldn't be fair. Many of the hybridizers
develop their own lines and only out cross occasionally to improve some
Many are working with older and stronger varieties to improve vigor. Those
of us in the interior climates have trouble (sometimes) growing some of the
newer ones, while others simply prefer the older form.
Nothing beats research and experience! ;-) Visit as many shows & gardens
as you can manage. Read first, buy later.
From personal experience, limit your collections. Too many irises can take
the fun out of it!
One last suggestion. . . TAKE NOTES.
Betty W. in South-central KY Zone 6
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